The Canal du Midi and the
Canal de la Robine. Undertaken by Pierre-Paul Riquet in the 17th century,
to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, it crosses the Aude river from West
to East over a distance of more than 100km. |
The Canal du Midi runs 240 km and is filled by a complicated system of feeder canals and reservoirs. It includes surviving examples of the earliest inventions related to hydraulic engineering and associated construction works. Thanks to some 350 such works (bridges, locks, aqueducts, overflow outlets), a number of which have never been altered since their first construction and the towpath with 300 year old trees, the Canal du Midi was included by UNESCO in December 1996 on its World Heritage List.
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. 'Les Balcons du Diable' Outstanding cave of national renown in the Montagne Noire.
Grotte de Limousis. Made up of eight chambers and a succession of five thickly coated stalagmite barriers.
Grotte de l'Aguzou. A visit of doscovery through the richly concretized halls and galleries.
Lac de Montbel|
In the foothills of the Pyrenees this grand lake offers sensational walking, swimming and sailing, as well as a passenger boat that provides tours around the key access points and wildlife sites.
Lac de la Cavayere|
Also known as 'Carcassonne Plage' this picturesqu lake and park provides sandy beaches, picnic areas, crazy golf and volyball all accessible via a broad path that circumnavigates the lake.
Home of the 'French Sailing School' this lake offers boat hire and sailing tuition throughout the season.
Lakes and Reservoirs|
In the upper valley of the Aude there are spas at Alet-les-Bains and Rennes-les-Bains that provide thermal cures and fitness programmes.